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Three citations for alcohol possession issued at Kaneohe sandbar

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:45 a.m. HST, Sep 6, 2011

State officials issued three citations Monday for alcohol possession in the safety zone at Kaneohe sandbar, where liquor has been banned on holiday weekends because of alcohol-fueled disturbances.

Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, said the department obtained its objective of keeping the sandbar a family-oriented place. Only one person was cited for alcohol possession in the sandbar safety zone on Sunday.

About 125 people and 35 vessels were at the sandbar on Labor Day, and officials boarded 20 vessels, looking for violations, she said.

At the harbor parking lot, enforcement officers issued 13 citations for illegally parked vehicles or boats with expired ramp decals.

Enforcement officers also monitored the Mokulua Islands, where camping and alcohol are not permitted. About 100 people were cleared from the islands on Sunday after they were seen with camping equipment. On Monday, no camping or alcohol was found on the Mokulua Islands.

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